Pennine Prospects and Natural

The Southern Pennines Rural Regeneration Company (No. 5432174), or Pennine Prospects, was set up in 2005 as a champion for the South Pennines. Company membership comprises six local authorities: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Lancashire County, Oldham and Rochdale along with Natural England, United Utilities and Yorkshire Water, the National Trust and Northern Rail. It is a unique rural regeneration company that aims to promote, protect and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage of the South Pennines. Pennine Prospects works with local authorities, government agencies, businesses, voluntary organisations and the local community to deliver a range of initiatives including the objectives of the “Heritage Strategy for the South Pennines” (2001).

The area recognised as the South Pennines and covered by the Company is coherent in terms of landscape character but administratively complex and fragmented, taking in parts of 15 local authority districts.

Pennine Prospects is at the heart of the sustainable development of the South Pennines. It works to manage and enhance the area’s natural, cultural and heritage assets so that they contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the South Pennines. Pennine Prospects also seeks to create opportunities for the seven million residents of the surrounding conurbations to enjoy and benefit from the distinctive landscape characteristics of the South Pennines.

The Company Members are supported at Board level by the voluntary sector (South Pennines Association) and heritage specialists Pennine Heritage. Land management expertise is provided by the NFU and technical advice, information and data on the natural environment of the South Pennines comes through the South Pennines Local Nature Partnership, a Sustainable Land Management Group and the Moors for the Future Partnership.

The partnership has a strong track record of working at a landscape-scale and across local and regional administrative boundaries. This landscape approach is especially relevant today as the South Pennines lies at the meeting point of three city regions or Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas: Leeds City Region, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.